A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this comedy adventure isn't as kid-friendly as the previews suggest. The four middle-aged friends who set out on the central road trip use plenty of strong language, and the genuine biker gang they butt heads with is full of slapsticky violent, tattoo-covered hog riders out to punish the "suburban a--holes" posing as bikers. And then there are all homophobic jokes and double entendres -- not to mention the scatological possibilities of four men taking on the great outdoors. Be prepared for a lot of gay, poop, and pee jokes.
What's the story?
John Travolta leads the pack as Woody, a man his friends think has it all: money, looks, and a supermodel wife. But he's actually broke and about to get divorced. Desperate for a last-ditch way to rekindle better times, Woody convinces his motorcycle pals -- henpecked husband Bobby (Martin Lawrence), bored dentist Doug (Tim Allen), and computer-geek bachelor Dudley (William H. Macy) -- to take a road trip. Along the way, the guys do plenty of middle-aged male bonding.
Is it any good?
The four stars of WILD HOGS are all talented comedic actors, which is why it's disappointing -- if not surprising -- that this buddy flick isn't funnier. If you decide to join the fellas on their trip, stick around for a surprise treat at the end -- one that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition fans will especially appreciate. It's one of the funniest moments in the movie; too bad it came so late.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what the four friends learned about themselves and each other on their road trip. Why was the trip so important to Woody? How was Woody misleading his pals?
Why didn't Doug's son consider him cool until the end of the movie? Why was Bobby afraid of his wife? How did Dudley act bravely despite his geeky personality?
Ask kids to explain how the guys proved their friendship to each other. What other movies does this one remind you of? What's the appeal of "road trip movies"?
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